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I have a 2007 M1000, will a 3" Challenger fit without changing drivers?
If not what's the biggest 162 Track I can fit?
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Yes it fits. Yes it's tight. Yes you will question your decision to do it. Rest assured, it fits, and it's awesome once you get it on the snow.
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Would the 2.5 be a better choice?
Is the 3" that much better? Only have seat time on a 2"
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Would the 2.5 be a better choice?

Is the 3" that much better? Only have seat time on a 2"


Totally depends.
I love the 2.5” for its versatility as a great all around Mtn track. It has lots of traction but doesn’t lose the fun factor of being able to spin when needed(around a tree well or in a tight circle)

The 3” is a traction monster. Which is a blessing and a curse sometimes. It moves snow like no other. But with that being said, it takes longer to learn how to manipulate the sled while on its side. You hit the fun flipper, and the sled wants to go straight. You have to be on your toes until you learn how the sled reacts.

I have a 3” on my Cutler 1000cc and M8T and they’re Monsters. Hard to control unless you are pointed where you wanna go. I wouldn’t change them though. It’s a game changer for when I wanna go climb with the boys.

I run 2.5” on my “closer to stock” sleds that I ride more often. Might not climb as high, but the fun factor is different. You can slide and spin, basically “play” easier than you would with the 3”.

So in reality it depends on what you want your sled to do.


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Reeb nailed it. its my belief that this is why a lot of polaris riders prefer the 2.6 over the 3. and the 2.4 before that. easier to change directions and hold balance on a sidehill when your motor is spooled up. takes a while to learn to "tractor" around on the 3. basically more wrong foot forward and walking it along with less track spin. once you learn it tho, man the 3" is worth it on the big climbs! less fun factor following your polaris buddies in the trees, but gets it done, tradeoff totally worth it on the steep lines
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I disagree a little bit with Reeb.

On my 2013 Pro, I like the X3 WAY better than the 2.4.
Agreed on the traction monster, though.
However, narrow spindles and a slightly loose limiter... It is wicked nimble right when I want it to be.

It was easy to learn how not to over throttle it.

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2.6" powerclaw is an easy swap and a major upgrade from the stock challenger of that era
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I had read of the traction, and harder to steer issues, I don't see them as bad, but...
This sled will see Maine and Canada Mtns Tree riding, so it seems the Challenger 2.5 or PC 2.6 is the best choice for me.

Any other M1000 upgrades, I have missed?
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